Published: Sun, August 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Pogba admits Man Utd benching last season hurt him

Pogba admits Man Utd benching last season hurt him

Shaw's situation at Manchester United has been a constant source of uncertainty in recent seasons due to his failure to hold down a regular spot in the first team at Old Trafford under Mourinho.

Gary Neville was anxious Paul Pogba would miss his penalty during Manchester United's Premier League curtain raiser against Leicester at Old Trafford.

The United manager claimed during the tour of the US that Pogba's form had improved during the World Cup because he was free from distractions and fully focused on football.

"I'll always give my best to the fans and my team-mates no matter what's going on", he wrote.

Leicester will hope to get their first points on the board when they welcome Premier League new-boys Wolves to the King Power Stadium next Saturday.

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"I think Mr [Richard] Scudamore must be happy because it's a good way to start the Premier League".

Other fans were not so sympathetic.

"We knew we were not going to be fit, 100 per cent, but the most important (thing) was to start well the Premier League".

Pogba has been United's skipper before, of course, but this felt different - a symbolic gesture after another peculiar week in the Mourinho era.

"Of course, it will be a hard season for everybody".

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"Last season's 81 points will take some beating, but if Jose Mourinho gets the best out of Paul Pogba, you can't take them lightly". Even though he follows many sports his main interest lies in cricket.

"I ran the London marathon in April past and it fell on the same weekend as the FA Cup Semi Final against Spurs, so I took him there and that was his first game".

Mourinho was also quoted by the Daily Mail as saying that Pogba had come back with a desire to work.

Despite having just four days training after his post-World Cup break, he put in a match of the match performance against Leicester.

"That's football management. I think football is changing". Paul, he was fantastic his contribution was incredible, but the fuel was disappearing every minute so we were in trouble and I needed [Marouane] Fellaini and [Scott] McTominay to give me that balance in midfield. "We thought maximum (he could play) 60 minutes, but he managed 80".

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"Paul was fantastic, his contribution was incredible but the fuel was disappearing".

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